Legal eLearning

Jul 22, 2016

Hi all

I am currently designing an eLearning guide on Civil Litigation.  As you may appreciate, this is quite a dry subject.  I am wanting to help people to draft court documents correctly and would appreciate any ideas how to make this look interesting and engaging? 

24 Replies
Julie Stelter

Hi Steven,

I design legal education as well. Two strategies I use include limiting the amount of text exposed at the same time on screen. So I used a lot of click and reveal actions. This is a low-interaction level but attorneys are used to reading a lot. Our focus groups responded well.

The other is to finish with some scenarios or case studies and have the user create their own draft documents and compare them to a correct one. Good luck!



Steven Haigh

Hi Julie

That is really helpful.


What I need to do it to show them things like how to draft court proceedings, how to make applications etc.. 

Do you have any suggestions on how you would do this, bearing in mind that there are set court forms that they need to complete (PDF's).  In the past I have done a screen shot of the form and then added hotspots for them to click?


Deepak G

Hi Steven,

The key here is to manage the content in a better way and add interactions which will make it interesting.

There are 2 ways you can do this.

1. Serious Games

Games always work in this case. We developed one such game for Compliance Training for one of the Fortune 500 companies. It was a Obstacle course where the objective was to reach to the top of the mountain. There were hurdles on the route and the person had to overcome this by answering questions. Each hurdle was about a particular topic like Bribery, Gifting, etc.

The problem is you need tech knowledge as well as this require coding. No tool is equipped to develop such a full-fledged game.

2. Storytelling

This is another technique which you can use.

Create a story around the topic. Like a case study. Present a situation and add a game after it. or hide clues which the person has to uncover by answering questions correctly. 

This could be created using any elearning tool. We typically use QuoDeck for this.

Hope this helps!

Carlene Barton

Have you tried creating a guide on the side? Create a small player/phone sized and a google form. Embed these within a html page using divs/iframes.  So the form is displayed next to the storyline guide on the webpage. 

You can give instructions on the player on the left. While the user can try to fill out the form on the live dummy form on the right.  

They could work through the case study suggestion above and at the end email or print their worked on example back to themselves.

You could also collect anonymised examples from the form so you can see where learners are and arent filling in the documents correctly. 

 A finished example look something like this: 

Carlene Barton

HI Steven, yes sorry i was on my phone when posting last night and I rarely make complete sense ;)

Step 1: Create the resource a much smaller version aspect ratio of say a phone. Publish etc as normal. 

Step 2:  Create a html document with two iframes. This html file would open your resource on the left and the form on the right. Here's the code i used on one i'm creating below. 

<iframe id="resource" style="border-style: none; border-color: inherit; border-width: 0px; height:100%; width:30%; float:left;" src="ADDRESS OF HOSTED STORYLINE RESOURCE HERE"></iframe>

<iframe id="content" style="border-style: none; border-color: inherit; border-width: 0px; height:100%; width:70%; float:right;" src="ADDRESS OF THE LIVE WEBPAGE OR GOOGLE FORM HERE"/></iframe>

Step 3: Use the index link for the html as the launch link. 

Unfortunately the example i have is behind a secure server and isn't publicly viewable for you to play with. I have attached a screen shot and would be happy to provide more in depth guidance over email.  

I will try and mock up one for you to play with this week :)

Patricia Fallon

Hello.. I work for a Online education provider that produces CLE courses. We would like to begin to use an Articulate course building product to create courses. Our issue is that states require that the CLE course provider "have procedures in place to verify an attorney’s completion of a program without relying solely on statements made by the participating attorney or on a record of log-in and log-out times of participants. Only after a provider has independently verified that an attorney has attended or otherwise participated in the program, may a certificate of attendance be issued." 

Does any one have experience with CLE courses that meet this requirement? Can such a verification be built in to an Articulate based course? 

Appreciate your feedback.



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